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Global Hospitality Talk 2024 – Riyadh

May 14

The Ritz-Carlton

This must-attend hospitality event delves into the exciting transformation happening in Saudi Arabia’s hotel and tourism industry. Get ready for in-depth discussions and expert panels exploring these key themes:

  • The Latest Trends: Discover the evolution of hospitality supply in the region.
  • Balancing Function and Fantasy: Learn how visionary developments are being made operational.
  • Global Spotlight: Hear from major international hotel leaders on their expansion in the Middle East.
  • International Design Influence: Explore the role of international designers in shaping Saudi Arabia’s luxury hospitality scene.
  • Creating the Future: Examine cutting-edge ideas in sustainable urban and tourism development.

Don’t miss this chance to network with industry leaders, share ideas, and gain invaluable insights into the future of hospitality in Saudi Arabia.

Speakers
Partners
Programme

Speakers

8am
ARRIVAL

Registration with coffee, tea and breakfast pastries

9am
WELCOME

Can Faik, Co-Founder, Global Hospitality Talk

EVENT COMPÉRE
Rick Evans, CEO, Red Cloud

9:15am
FANTASTICAL VS. FUNCTIONAL

Vision 2030 looks to the future creating destinations and designs that the world has never seen before. Our esteemed panellists from the world’s leading hotel companies discuss the challenges of making the fantastical properties they will operate functional.  The challenges and the rewards of working with a visionary leader in creating a one-of-a-kind destination.

PANELLISTS
Michael Busse, Vice President Design & Technical Services, Middle East, Africa and Türkiye, Accor
Maliha Nishat, Director of Interior Design, Global Design, EMEA, Marriott International
Hakan Ozkasikci, Senior Vice President, Design & Technical Services, Kerzner International
Pinar Calimano, Senior Director, Design and Innovation EMEA, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

MODERATOR
Kristina Zanic, CEO & Founder, Kristina Zanic Consultants

10am
– COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING –
10.30am
THE WORLD IS WATCHING

PANELLISTS
Ahmed Hozaien, Area Vice President – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Egypt, Marriott International
Maher Abou Nasr, Vice President, Saudi Arabia, IHG Hotels and Resorts
Philip Jones, Senior Vice President Operations, Middle East & Africa, Accor

MODERATOR
Anna Pearson, Executive Vice President and Global Hospitality Lead, Bacchus

11.15am
VISION 2030 AND BEYOND: EMPOWERING INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS IN THE TRANSFORMATION
OF THE LUXURY HOSPITALITY SECTOR IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Under the framework of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is entering a new era of innovation and enterprise. The panel discusses international designers and the evolving luxury hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

PANELLISTS
Diane Thorsen, Design Principal, Gensler.
Mohammed Adib, Chief Design Officer, Dewan Architects & Engineers
Katharine Pooley, Founder, Katharine Pooley
Albin Berglund, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Bergman Design House

MODERATOR
Siobhan Kelly, Associate Director, David Collins Studio

12 noon
– LUNCH & NETWORKING –
1.30pm
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Jerry Inzerillo, Group Chief Executive Officer, Diriyah Company

MODERATOR
Rick Evans, CEO, Red Cloud

2.15pm
DESIGNING UNIQUE – THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOTEL DESIGN ACROSS SAUDI ARABIA TO LEAD THE WORLD

PANELLISTS
Simon Thompson, Executive Director of Interior Architecture, Red Sea Global
Tarek Hegazy, President & CEO, Living Design of Sweden
Amani Al Ibrahim, Partner, Kristina Zanic Consultants
Hilda Impey, Founder & Creative Director, Hilda Impey Studio

MODERATOR
Daniel Englender, Managing Director, Benjamin West International

3pm
– COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING –
3.45pm
NEW HORIZONS: CREATING THE FUTURE OF URBAN AND TOURISTIC DEVELOPMENT

This panel promises a glimpse into the future, where sustainable design, smart technology, and cultural heritage redefine urban and touristic growth. Join us as we explore ground-breaking ideas and collaborative efforts to envision, develop, and experience the hospitality of tomorrow. This is more than a conversation; it’s a gateway to the future of development.

PANELLISTS
Christopher Cribb, Senior Development Director, Diriyah Company
Chadi Hauch, Regional Vice President, Lodging Development – Middle East, Marriott International
Jean-Baptiste Recher, Regional Vice President Development Luxury Brand Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Accor
Elie Milky, Vice President Development, Radisson Hotel Group

MODERATOR
Markus Schreyer, Chairman, META Foundation

4.30pm
CLOSING REMARKS

Can Faik, Co-Founder, Global Hospitality Talk

– DRINKS & NETWORKING –

Global Partners

Axor
Barovier & Toso
Gessi
Hästens
Ice International
La Bottega
Lasvit
Laufen
Lutron
Montrose
Sans Souci
TECE

Lead Partners

Franklite

Event Partners

Alarwool
Arteriors
Finex
Grohe
Ideal Standard
JANUS et Cie
mediaProVenues
Next Space
Nobili
Red Cloud
RH Contract
Samfet
Sealy
SI
Spires Art
Studio Ongarato
Surfaces Furnishing
THG
Viso Lighting
Vitra
Wardeh Salehiya

Global Media Partner

Hospitality Design